This is my final post at Get Clued In before I hit the big 4-0 this weekend. Wow, what a decade it’s been! As I write this, I realize it has been almost 9 years since I began blogging and it has been quite the journey. When I think about where I was in the year 2003 and what I was doing, I am amazed at how much has changed and yet, how much stayed the same.
My first post, when I began to blog says it all! The post was written in October 2004, and called “Clueless? Why?” I was literally known as “Clueless in Colorado,” and that was my identity until 2010. I blogged anonymously back then and treated my writing as a journal- an outlet for me. Inspired by the character of Carrie on “Sex & The City”, I wrote about my life as a single woman in her 30s living in Colorado, dating, building friendships, working and all the trials and tribulations of that, and just trying to have it all! Back then, I had just hit the milestone age of 30, and embraced a new decade, a new journey in my life. I had come to Colorado bright-eyed and determined to do well with my career and hoping to find love. Mission Accomplished, with a few bumps along the way. Check out my archives on the right side, from 2004 and 2005- what a fun ride and along the way, so much growing up.
I am now approaching 11 years living in Colorado and so much has changed in my life: My career took a different direction and I am now working two jobs- both equally satisfying, both jobs that I like with bosses that are truly amazing. My personal life though is where all my real rewarding changes have been. After leaving my active duty career, I realized that the work I do does not define who I am. A job is a job – it’s what I do, not who I am nor does it define me. Each day, I still turn a new leaf and write this journey as I go – it has its ups and downs but I would not change it for the world!
Since starting to blog, I have met the love of my life here in Colorado -a decade ago this April. We got married two years later, and we now have two beautiful daughters. They are all the center of my universe and so daily, I strive to achieve balance in all I do- activities, jobs, and the most important job of being a mom of two and wife of one.
This Saturday, I reach a milestone, turn a new leaf: Fabulous 40 awaits me and a new decade full of change, full of love, full of tears and laughter, full of amazement, and full of hope. It is time to leave the 30s behind and embrace a new decade of many more firsts and milestones; a decade which will bring new and even more gratifying adventures. But, for me, it’s not the destination, it’s not even the journey, but the people that I have met and will continue to meet along the way. It’s about the people who accompany me in this journey, and those who influence me to be better – a better mother, a better wife, a better person. I can’t wait … see you on the other side!